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Shrinking Violet


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Wartime Farm

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 19:20

Dear Frank - you have brought genuine tears to my eyes.  I cannot begin to imagine the pain and problems you had to face.  And then there are some, of an unforgiving disposition, who have, in the past (old Beeb days), railed against any mention of the war.  Shame on them - and hats off to you for being so stoic and refusing to be cowed!

Your memories ought to be in a book.  You ought to flesh out the stories that you have told us (for which I am grateful).  When "the last bugle sounds" the memories will be filtered through other people's interpretations.  We need people like you to make it real for us.

I was born in 1949 so the war was close, but very much second hand.  Your experiences are so poignant.  I cannot begin to imagine the feelings of being abandoned - and at the same time, my heart goes out to your parents who were trying to do the best for you, and were probably in pieces as they drove away. 

War is more than battles and bravery at the front.  It affects so many in so many different ways.  We would all do well to be reminded of that from time to time - glorious it isn't.  Imo. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 20:01

Glorious sunshine today, but the breeze was still rather chilly.  Forecasters are having difficulty with the next few days - the remains of a hurricane aka low pressure may wander this far south and cause rain.  Or not. 

My GH toms this year are Italian plum variety - they didn't grow very tall, and only set a couple of trusses per plant.  Given the lack of Italian-like sunshine, I have to take that as a result!  Outdoor ever-faithful Gardeners' Delight cropping well.  As are the beefsteak Country Taste.  Already made lots of spicy chutney using homegrown chillies, and have dried and then frozen the plum tomatoes for sauce for pasta later on.  Waste not, want not!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 23:03

I never quite know when to clear the GH, Frank.  Tomatoes , peppers, chillies and aubergines are all still doing well.  Outside tomatoes are cropping at a great rate still, so I'll leave them for a couple of weeks, I think, unless we really do get a cold blast.  Fortunately, being near the coast, we are a bit warmer than inland, so I guess it's all down to keeping a weather eye out, and reacting if necessary!

 

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 21:54

Cool but clear and bright and breezy.  Perfect for getting a couple of loads of washing dried.  When it's been blown on the line, it smells so fresh - no amount of softener with exotic-sounding smells can beat it!  And it's all ironed and in the airing cupboard - job done!

Carried on clearing bits of the borders - and finding any number of rogue weeds that were hiding beneath the foliage of border plants.  Several bags for the re-cycling.

Tonight the sky is crystal clear - not for nothing do we have the accolade of "dark skies" on Exmoor.  Temperature is dropping - a sure sign of colder days to come

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Posted: 17/09/2012 at 17:42

Bright but cloudy at times, with a cool breeze.  Perfect for getting into the garden.  Neighbour wanted to know how to take cuttings, since I had picked the perfect penstemmons for her that she bought at Rosemoor ie there were plenty of side shoots and cuttings material.  Gave a "master class"  on the art of cuttings, and was then inspired to take some more in my own garden.  Just hope they take: the clematis cuttings I took a few weeks back have rooted nicely.  Plants for free - love 'em! 

And talking of free - I bought five Primula Candelabra a couple of years ago.  Split them today - and found 20!  Quite a good return - they're not cheap to buy.  And I'm still hopeful that the seed I sowed will germinate a la Klein.

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Posted: 16/09/2012 at 22:46

Put your feet up and relax then Frank.  Honey and sugar-glazed ham is lovely - and lots of cold cuts (well, there are in this house when I do it!)

Funny old world, this virtual message board lark.  Getting locked out for no reason is frustrating.  Could be worse - we both of us remember the worst of the Beeb boards, which rather coloured perception of all that was good!

That said, I have to say this is a friendly board - and we don't see lots of modded posts, often for little or no reason!  (I just hope I haven't put the hex on it by saying that!)

Tulips:  the older I get, the more I relish a real blast of colour in the spring.  I can admire Monty's restrained colour palette, but don't want to replicate it.  I want lots of vibrant colours (white, cream and lemon yellow just don't do it for me), and tulips are perfect for providing a real statement.  I'm already looking forward to next year, since I shall plant some in pots that can, if necessary, move with us, as well as the bedding varieties that may be left behind.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 19:25

Hello Frank - seems I'm unlocked from the virtual "norty corner"

It's Sunday - and we have no news of your Roast of the Day.  Shame on you - we look forward to salivating as you describe your culinary arts.  (MasterChef eat your hearts out, that's wot I say!)

It's been fine and dry here - a bit cloudy at times, but perfect for starting to clear some of the borders.  We are still hoping to move - but no takers at the moment   Seems like the market has ground to a halt.  So I'm trying to keep things looking good, without spending too much!  Cheapskate or what?

It's amazing how "old" seed performs (very well this year!) and I'm keeping things tidy and presentable.  I've also bought some cheap bulbs from Poundland (10 bulbs that cost - guess how much?)  Anyway - I'll put them in, and if we're still here, we'll enjoy them.  If not, then someone else will get the benefit, but without too much expenditure on my part.  (Last year I planted some tulips - and they weren't cheap - that were meant to be a deep, burnt-orange.  They were peach  Looked OK by not the colour combo I was aiming for).

 

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 22:21

Hello from cloudy/sunny/occasionally rainy Somerset.

The Board-Meisters seem to have locked me out from this thread for the past few days - well, unless I wanted to scroll manually through the hundreds of posts!  I couldn't make the "first unread post" link work at all.  Seems to be working OK now - but if you don't hear from me, you'll know I've been sent to some norty corner in the sky  (that's what it feels like, anyway!)

Quite a nice day today:  sunny spells with a warmish breeze.  Finally got round to planting forced hyacinths which may be ready for C.  We'll see - last year's were ready on time - but a totally different colour from the pack.  This year I've gone back to basic blue - so fingers crossed!

 

Wartime Farm

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 22:15

Watched it and found it fascinating again. 

I knew about hay-box cooking, but prefer the convenience of my slow cooker .  But it all brings home to us just how tough things were - and this representation is at the beginning of the war, before things got even harder.

And I have learnt just how the rationing of meat worked.  I'd never given it much thought - hadn't considered all the actual administration by the butcher, so it was a surprise to learn that it was done on price rather than weight.  It makes sense, really, but it had never occurred to me that that would be the mechanism for rationing. 

Oh, and do I presume that they've just given farmers a way to remove the dye from red diesel so it can be used on the road???  Though maybe it's a different dye, and bread filtering doesn't work with modern diesel  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 22:18

Cloudy all day - and, yes, it has rained intermittently. 

The Games have held us all mesmerised - but Strictly will doubtless occupy our minds and our time for a while.  I just hope that it doesn't creak along with silly non jokes and fake arguments between the judges.  It was good when it was fresh and new - but rather disappointing last season.  But two of our Olympians are taking part, so we'll see how it pans out. 

It runs until Christmas - and I can't get my head round that one!  I am still hoping for an Indian summer so I can get into the garden a bit more!

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